Comfortable Travel To The BVI

If you are visiting the British Virgin Islands, Horizon Yacht Charters are pleased to offer the following recommended BVI flights for how to get to the BVI for your yacht charter:

BVI Flights from the USA

To travel to the British Virgin Islands from the USA we recommend you travel via:

  • San Juan (Puerto Rico) Code SJU or
  • St Thomas (US Virgin Islands) Code STT

There are many carriers with flights to these destinations, including:

From either of these destinations, you have several choices of a carrier for onward flights to Tortola, BVI as below.

Here is a list of the current US flights from the USA to BVI (but always check with your carrier since schedules may change).


BVI Flights from Canada

To travel to the British Virgin Islands from Canada, we recommend you travel via:

  • San Juan (Puerto Rico) Code SJU or
  • St Thomas (US Virgin Islands) Code STT

Routes via other Caribbean islands such as Antigua and St Maarten may also be available.

There are many carriers that fly to these destinations, including:

From either of these destinations, you have several choices of carrier for onward flights to Tortola, BVI as below. Here is a list of the current Canada flights for Canada to BVI (but always check with your carrier since schedules may change).

Entry requirements:

Passports are required for all Canadian citizens.

BVI Flights from Europe

To travel to the British Virgin Islands from Europe, we recommend you travel via St Maarten (SXM). There are many carriers that fly to St Maarten including Air FranceCondor and KLM.

From St Maarten, you have several choices of the carrier for your onward connection to Tortola, BVI including WinairLIAT and Seaborne Airlines.

Entry requirements:

Passports are required for all EU citizens.


BVI Flights from the UK

If you plan to travel to the British Virgin Islands from the UK, carriers include:

Please note, BMI, First Choice and Norwegian have flights from London Gatwick Airport while Virgin Atlantic & British Airways only have flights from London Heathrow Airport. Virgin Atlantic & British Airways do provide flights from London Gatwick Airport to Antigua.

The BVI is just a short 35-minute hop from Puerto Rico. Alternatively, you may wish to fly via Europe if your journey starts at a UK regional airport outside London, or via the USA.

Direct flights to the British Virgin Islands are not available from the UK, so you will need to fly to another Caribbean island from the UK and connect through to the BVI from there. Usually, this means you will typically fly to one of Antigua (ANU), Barbados (BGI), St Maarten (SXM) or Puerto Rico (SJU) and then catch a connecting flight. Here is a list of the current UK flights from the UK to BVI (but always check with your carrier since schedules may change).

If you plan to travel to the British Virgin Islands from the UK we can suggest this agency:

  • Karl at Supertravel, +44 0207 463 8900, ask for Karl and quote “Supertravel.”

Entry requirements:

Passports are required for all United Kingdom citizens.


BVI Flights from Italy

For travel to the British Virgin Islands from Italy, there are many options, including a daily service by major airlines to St Martin, San Juan, Antigua.

  • Air France daily via Paris / St Martin
  • American Airlines 5 days per week via Milan / New York / San Juan
  • British Airways daily via London / Antigua
  • Delta daily via New York or Atlanta/San Juan
  • KLM 3 days per week via Amsterdam / St Martin
  • Condor 2 times per week via Frankfurt / Antigua / Puerto Rico
  • US Airways daily via Madrid
  • Virgin Atlantic 2 times a week via London / Antigua

Here is a list of the current Italy flights (in Italian) for Italy to BVI (but always check with your carrier since schedules may change).

Entry requirements:

Passports are required for all EU citizens.


Connecting Flights to the BVI

Flights to Tortola from San Juan, Puerto Rico:

Flight time from San Juan (SJU) to Tortola (EIS) is around 35 minutes. Scheduled carriers on this route are:

Seaborne and Cape Air both Code Share with American Airlines. You can read more about Seaborne Airlines Booking on AA here. Please note that in San Juan, Puerto Rico, the Cape Air counter where you will check-in for your flight is Terminal A. The Cape Air gate for departing passengers is Gate D1.

Fly Bode Caribbean provides a private air charter service between San Juan and the BVI.

If you require overnight accommodation in San Juan, Puerto Rico whilst waiting for your connection, please click here to find out about special Verdanza Hotel rates exclusively for Horizon Yacht Charter guests.

Flights to Tortola from St Thomas (USVI):

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Intercaribbean launched daily flights between St Thomas and Tortola from Nov 14th, 2019.

From St Thomas, it is a simple ferry ride to Tortola! You will need to take a taxi to the ferry terminal – don’t worry, there are numerous taxi operators who will be waiting for your inbound flight to arrive. The closest ferry terminal to the airport is Charlotte Amalie (around 10 minutes by taxi). The other ferry terminal is at the East End of St Thomas, called Red Hook, and is about 35 minutes by taxi.

To travel to the British Virgin Islands from St Thomas, you can select from a number of companies, who will take you to either West End, Tortola or Road Town Tortola. Depending on your route the journey takes up to 1 hour. Please note that schedules are subject to change without notice. For the latest schedule as well as routes and departure times, passengers are advised to call the ferry company in advance of departure.

Water taxis direct transfer service from St Thomas airport.

Please note that when departing the BVI by ferry, the BVI Port Authority encourages the public to arrive at the seaports at least one hour before the scheduled trip to allow enough time to pay for ferry tickets and departure tax, and be screened by security.

Entry requirements:

In keeping with the regulations set out by the US Department of State, passports will be required for all US citizens. Horizon Yacht Charters advises guests to check the details on the US Department of State’s web site. Additionally, check our page on Entry Requirements as well as our BVI Holiday Guide.

From St Maarten to Tortola, BVI:

WinairLIAT, and Seaborne Airlines offer connecting flights to the British Virgin Islands (EIS).

From Antigua and Barbados to Tortola, BVI: 

LIAT offers connecting flights to the British Virgin Islands (EIS). VI Airlink and InterCaribbean Airways offer direct flights from Antigua to the BVI.


Getting to the HYC Base
travel to the british virgin islandsJust send us your BVI flight details and arrival times, and we will arrange for one of our designated friendly taxi drivers to meet you at the airport. The taxi transfer is not included in your charter fee, and the fare is $12 per person with a minimum charge of $36. The journey time between the Terrence B Lettsome International Airport at Beef Island to Nanny Cay Marina is approximately 40 minutes.

If you are arriving by ferry from St Thomas into West End, please take a taxi from the taxi rank. The journey time from West End to the Horizon base is about 15 minutes and costs $10 per person, minimum charge $30.

Water taxis are also available, including for example Captain Joey or Dolphin Water Taxi. Dolphin Water Taxi is an express service from STT airport to the Horizon BVI base directly. More information about Dolphin Water Taxi service, including contact details, can be found on our page dedicated to BVI Water Taxis. Alternatively, you can check out Dolphin Water Taxi’s dedicated website here. 

Since canceling a holiday can be a costly affair – we strongly recommend that you take out trip cancellation insurance.

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